Redband Parrotfish (Sparisoma aurofrenatum)

Also known as Black Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Red-Banded Parrotfish

Description

Also known as Black Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish, Red-banded Parrotfish.

Found singly or in small schools either resting on the bottom or foraging for food over soft bottoms and seagrass beds of coral reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on benthic algae, corals and weeds.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 2-20m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

Parrotfish are hermaphrodites and live in harems with a dominant male. They are not territorial, living and feeding in harmony with other species.
Their teeth are fused into powerful beaks which are used for grabbing filamentous algae from dead coral, often found feeding in a cloud of sediment.
At night parrotfish make a sleeping bag out of slime bubbles for protection against predators.
These beautiful fish whose males usually outshine the females for colour also change dramatically from juvenile to adult. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/1158

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Redband Parrotfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Redband Parrotfish (juvenile)

Redband Parrotfish (juvenile)

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